As some warm weather kicks off and we find ourselves with slightly less work to do for the trees and flowers, I wanted to share a little more content about all the amazing plants that have joined us in our home over the last  year. We name each of our trees and rose bushes, and while the roses won’t be showing off their colors for another month, a lot of our trees are exploding with colors and showing off their new growth. I'd like to start doing little plant spotlights throughout the summer, but we’ll see if that actually comes to fruition. But in the spirit of trying, and in the honor of seeing her at Foxborough this week, let’s talk about our honorary Taylor Swift tree, Taylor’s Sunburst Lodgepole Pine.
I cannot tell you truthfully that this tree is named after Taylor Swift. Actually if I were going to tell the truth I would have to tell you that it is named after Dr. Allan Taylor who “found” this cultivar in 1984. But every Swifty knows that 1+9+8+4 = 22. And “22” is the way any Swift would describe how they are feeling, so you tell me what the truth really is.
Anyway, Taylor’s Sunburst tree is a lodgepole pine, and comes from Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, normally growing around an elevation of 9,000 ft above sea level.  This pine is notable for its golden-yellow growth in the spring, as well as the cherry red pollen cones. Lodgepole pines can reach 70 to 80 feet tall, but she’ll probably only be 12 feet tall in the next ten years. We have two of these babies in the yard right now, and they’re both looking stunning.

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